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An Effective Skincare Routine For Acne-Prone Skin

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Acne is a complex skin condition, but it can be effectively managed through a targeted skincare regime. Following an effective plan can minimize breakouts and protect from future breakouts.

Avoid products containing comedogenic ingredients to avoid clogging pores and exacerbating acne. A good cleanser containing salicylic acid, a beta hydroxy acid that unclogs pores by dissolving excess oil.


Cleansing is the cornerstone of any skincare regime. It helps remove makeup, oil and other debris that clogs pores and causes blackheads and whiteheads, while simultaneously helping maintain skin hydration levels.

An effective cleanser containing 2% salicylic acid is an ideal choice for acne-prone skin, as its antibacterial ingredients help prevent further breakouts. Furthermore, clay and laminaria saccharina extract work together to remove excess oil without over-drying.

Avoid harsh scrubbing as this may irritate and worsen breakouts. Furthermore, use of face wipes may actually re-infiltrate bacteria into your skin by spreading back onto it again.

Double cleansing for optimal results is highly recommended to ensure makeup, oil and debris is thoroughly removed before the second cleanse can reach deeper into pores to get any remaining grime out of them. Incorporating a toner with ingredients to balance pH levels and reduce inflammation into your regimen is also highly advised.


Toning is an essential step in any skincare regimen, and particularly important if you suffer from acne-prone skin. Toning removes any excess oil that clogged up pores, and prepares the skin for moisturizer. Depending on your skin type, toners containing exfoliating ingredients like retinoids or salicylic acid may provide additional benefit.

Thayer’s Rose Petal Facial Toner can also provide excellent relief for acne-prone skin, providing essential hydration while soothing redness caused by acne treatment products. This toner contains witch hazel and aloe extracts which work together to sooth sensitive skin while simultaneously soothing redness-causing components found in some products.

Finally, to complete your cleansing and toning regimen effectively, you should always apply an oil-free and non-comedogenic moisturizer. A light gel-based moisturizer may be best for acne-prone skin; anti-ageing properties and other beneficial ingredients in serums or moisturizers could also help. It’s essential that your new routine be implemented consistently to see the desired results.


When dealing with acne, taking every measure possible to avoid further breakouts is of utmost importance. Establishing a routine skincare regime can help achieve just this result.

Many people with oily skin avoid moisturizers for fear that additional oil will worsen their condition, yet forgoing moisturizer can actually make your complexion worse as your body attempts to compensate for lack of hydration by producing more oil than necessary. It’s essential that twice-daily moisturization keep your complexion in balance and should be done as frequently as possible.

Find a noncomedogenic moisturizer without fragrances and oils, which also contains acne fighting ingredients such as salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide for maximum effectiveness. Incorporating broad spectrum sunscreen as the final step of your daily skincare routine will provide added sun protection while simultaneously safeguarding existing breakouts – this step becomes especially crucial if using other acne fighting products that could sting or burn the skin.


Sunscreen should be an essential component of every skincare routine, but especially important for acne-prone skin. Utilizing non-comedogenic, oil-free sunscreen with broad spectrum protection will help reduce breakouts while protecting from sun damage-induced hyperpigmentation, post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH) dark spots left behind from breakouts, as well as post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH).

Consider choosing a sunscreen containing zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide as this combination creates an effective physical barrier against UV rays without blocking pores, while providing other skin-nourishing antioxidants like vitamin C, green tea extract or centella asiatica for soothing irritation and reducing redness.

Dr. Jaliman advises using sunscreen containing anti-inflammatory ingredients like niacinamide to help decrease inflammation and redness, like EltaMD UV Clear Broad Spectrum SPF which contains this key active.

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